Date: February 18, 2013

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Everything’s Just Peachey

Today’s view from the ground: Azokh, Nagorno-Karabakh, August 2012 “Keep looking at me. It helps to keep my soul from flying off.” – Peachey Carnahan in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” The people of this land have lived here for thousands of years under meliks, caliphs, and khans. It became home to Armenians 2200 years ago and has been predominately Armenian ever since; most other populations moved on, married in,…

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Date: February 11, 2013

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The Garden Path

Today’s view from the ground: Tbilisi, Georgia; Yerevan, Armenia; and Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, August 2012 “If you look the right way, you will see that the whole world is a garden.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden In the above photo, the outer reaches of Stepanakert first emerge from the mountains separating it from Armenia to the west. Leo is the only member of the team I have met before, and the…

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Date: December 18, 2012

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What About the Women?

Today’s view from the ground: Sabari and Khost, Afghanistan, December 2012   They made me invisible, shrouded and non-being A shadow, no existence, made silent and unseeing Denied of freedom, confined to my cage Tell me how to handle my anger and my rage? – Zieba Shourish-Shamley, “Look Into My World”   In the above photo, a group of Afghan women in burqas walk together down a side street in Khost. A…

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Date: December 3, 2010

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Caribbean Ethnomedicine

Interlude: St. George’s Today’s view from the ground: St. George’s, Grenada – December 2010 Most Caribbean islands look very much alike, especially at their points of entry. Airports and seaports are festooned with images of happy foreigners frolicking on beaches, being catered to by happy docile natives under a perpetual friendly sun. It makes for a lovely holiday, but one farther removed from reality than some people would prefer. V.S….

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